More consumers are interested in smart home technology and products, but CNET writer Molly Price says these systems don't always prioritize looks. Price presents some tips and tricks for creating a stylish smart home that consumers won't think is cluttered with gadgets.
Dedicate Smart Space
Routers and smart home hubs need to be centrally located for optimal performance, but are often the pieces of our smart home we'd prefer to hide. Putting your router in a box or cabinet inside a room solves the issue, but your smart home will likely suffer. A centrally-located office is a great place for a router. Dedicate that space to housing your router and any hubs you need to connect to it.
Think About Color
Like nearly every item we purchase for display in our homes, color is a major factor for smart home devices. Luckily, there are options out there for almost every decor. Smart cameras, thermostats and locks all come in multiple finishes so you can select the one that's right for you. Take the time to consider the finishes and color palettes already present in your home.
Get Rid of Cord Clutter
Managing cords can really clean up your space. There are a lot of options when it comes to how to do this. Bundle them together, reel them up or in the case of some smart speakers, purchase an accessory that makes them a thing of the past altogether.
In addition to color, it's important to consider buying products that not only work well but look good, too. Luckily, there are a ton of great-looking smart home products out there. If you're going to have something sitting out in your home, it should be stylish, and above all else you should like looking at it. At the end of the day, your smart home should work for you by automating tasks, keeping watch and adding smarts to your stuff.